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Denise Yoder

Denise has been a certified athletic trainer and instructor at Augustana College since the fall of 1997. She currently works with men's and women's soccer, wrestling, men's and women's swimming, softball and men's and women's tennis in the spring season.

A 1989 graduate of Augustana College with a bachelor of arts degree in biology and an emphasis in athletic training she went on to pursue her master's degree in physical education/athletic training at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has worked with all levels of athletes from high school to professional in many different settings. She spent two years as the head athletic trainer at Phoenix Union High School in Phoenix, Ariz. She then served as the head athletic trainer in her hometown of Geneseo, Ill., before returning to Augustana

Yoder is very active in the local theatre community and has served on the board of the Genesius Guild and is the public relations coordinator for the Prenzie Players.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith

Anna Smith has been a member of the Augustana athletic department as an assistant athletic trainer since 2007. Her charge sports are men's and women's tennis in the fall, volleyball, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and golf.

She came to Augustana after completing work on her master's degree in athletic training at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she completed a research project entitled The Effects of Four Different Landing Techniques on Ground Reaction Forces and Joint Kinematics. She received her bachelor's degree in athletic training from Weber State University in 2006 in Ogden, Utah, where she worked in the athletic department covering men's basketball, track & field, football, women's soccer, tennis and cheerleading.

A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Smith is a member of several athletic trainers' associations and she served as the in-charge athletic trainer at Miller High School new Athens, Ohio, during the 2006-07 school year.

Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson

Lori Anderson joined the sports medicine staff at Augustana in August 2011 and currently works with the football, men's and women's cross country, and men's and women's lacrosse. Previously, she completed her master's degree at Western Illinois University in recreation, park and tourism administration. While at WIU, she worked as a graduate assistant with the women's volleyball team and the cheerleading squad. In 2009, Anderson spent one season working as a graduate assistant with the football team at Arkansas State University.

She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in athletic training and was certified as an athletic trainer in June of 2008. Before continuing her education, Lori worked for Rock Valley Physical Therapy, outreaching to the Moline High School during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Lori is originally from Annawan, Ill., and currently resides in Moline, Ill., with her husband Bob.

KelliKelli Polizzi

I grew up in northeast Missouri. I graduated in 2006 with a degree in Athletic Training from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. From there, I went on to get my Master's in Education from Central Methodist University in 2008. I spent the next 3 years working at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS as an assistant athletic trainer/head women's athletic trainer. After much consideration, I moved to Salt Lake City, UT and worked for Utah Valley University; a small D-I university in Orem, UT. I was the head athletic trainer for the women's basketball program. Then after about a year, I moved to Iowa City, IA with my husband, Chris Polizzi and worked for 6 months as a PT Aide at Progressive Rehabilitation as well as an athletic trainer for St. Luke's, out of Cedar Rapids, IA. Then in March of 2013, I began working for Augustana College as an assistant athletic trainer.  I am the athletic trainer for men and women's XC, Track, and Tennis.

I enjoy being outdoors and scrapbooking, as well as supporting my husband at his football games.